Baker Boyer ranks high on best places to work list


Employees of Baker Boyer Bank love where they work.

For the sixth consecutive year their responses to a confidential survey about their company landed the Walla Walla bank on "Seattle Business" magazine's list of best companies to work for.

Executive team members, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Megan Clubb, attended a celebration of the winners earlier this month at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.

Baker Boyer was ranked sixth out of the 26 organizations recognized in its category by the magazine. The mid-size category in which the bank competes includes companies with 100-499 employees. It's reportedly the largest category with hundreds of nominations in the annual contest.

Companies are judged based on hiring, retention, communication, benefits, work environment, rewards and recognition, leadership, training and education, performance standards and corporate culture.

In order to receive the award, at least half of the firm's employees had to fill out the anonymous survey, rating the bank in all nine categories, according to the announcement. The results of the survey primarily make up the final score.


The Home Loan Center has been on the grow.

The Walla Walla mortgage lender has expanded with an additional downtown office, as well as a new one in Hermiston.

The new Walla Walla branch is located at the Coldwell Banker First Realtors building, 218 W. Main St. The partnership with the real estate office is intended to help home buyers by providing both services essential to the purchase of a home, said loan officer Tim Applebee. The Home Loan Center also continues to operate at 1 E. Main St. The Walla Walla branches are staffed by Applebee, Lorne Harvey, Bobbie Jo Haggard and Jesse Goodwater.

Joining the new office in Hermiston -- Home Town Mortgage -- are Kim Arbogast, Angelica Garcia and Melisa Webb.

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Walla Walla salon Jabamo Capelli will host its summer jewelry show this week.

Sister Act Jewelry will be featured in an open house at the salon Thursday and Friday.

Sister Rosalie Lesko and Karla Kizer design their own pieces under the Sister Act name. As part of the open house -- hosted by Lesko's salon, 120 E. Birch St., suite 1 -- the pair will introduce their new "Sophisticated Grunge" line.

The jewelry will be showcased Thursday 5-7 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 525-1330.


A new doctor has joined the team at Eye Laser Physicians of Walla Walla.

Dr. Andrew Edwards has returned to his home town and offers all aspects of ophthalmic care at the Tietan Street clinic.

Edwards attended school at Walla Walla Valley Academy before studying medicine at Loma Linda University and ophthalmology at Texas Tech University.

His range of services includes cataract surgery and treatment of macular degeneration. New patients can call 525-2100 for an appointment.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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